Allegiant Stadium technically opened in Las Vegas last year. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stadium across the freeway from Mandalay Bay wasn’t allowing people into most of the events.
That’s changing this year as Allegiant Stadium has welcomed guests for concerts, soccer, football and even wrestling. The newest entertainment venue in Las Vegas is off to a hot start with massive crowds coming out for a variety of recent summer events:
- Illenium – 35,000 (first sold-out concert)
- Garth Brooks – 68,000 (full capacity sell out)
- USA vs. Mexico CONCACAF Gold Cup – 61,514 (first sold-out sporting event)
- Las Vegas Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks – 50,101 (first Raiders game with fans)
- WWE SummerSlam – 51,326 (WWE indoor attendance record)
Allegiant Stadium was just getting warmed up this summer. The fall and winter will be packed with Raiders games – for which tickets are a hot commodity – and UNLV and more college football games. There will also be more soccer matches, concerts and other one-off events like the Las Vegas Rugby Cup.
The stadium is already planning to host the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl and WWE Money In The Bank.
There’s a lot to learn about Allegiant Stadium as it’s quickly becoming one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in Las Vegas.
Only in Vegas club section
Allegiant Stadium has a club vibe that can’t be rivaled from many venues in the US. Wynn Field Club is a VIP club-like experience with some of the best seats in the house. This “venue inside the venue” is almost 11,000 square feet and is located by the north endzone with room for just over 700 people.
There are 29 club-like booths where guests can enjoy the game with VIP bottle service. The space has two DJ booths and its own 45,000-watt audio system. The club has four bars and food service with 18 tables for anyone looking to grab a bite.
Wynn Field Club has 42 TVs and a 9’x35’ video wall in case the great seats aren’t enough to catch the action on the field or on stage.
The Wynn Field Club is a premium “Only In Vegas” experience that mashes sports and nightlife together. Guests will pay extra for this but this is an adventure that isn’t available at any other stadium in the US.
Getting to Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas is a unique town and getting to Allegiant Stadium is a different experience than most venues. Let’s just say, the visitor parking situation wasn’t well thought-out. Parking on-site is limited to fewer than 3,000 spaces for the 65,000 capacity venue. However, there’s parking with transportation to the stadium for a few miles. Visitors can plan for parking in advance of a visit to the stadium here.
Mandalay Bay and Luxor are the two closest casinos to Allegiant Stadium. The two casinos are walking distance to the game and many will use these properties to pre-game before kickoff since parking is spread out for a few miles.
There won’t be too much traditional tailgating before Raiders games since parking is so spread out. Prior to the games, fans can grab a beer and food at the Bud Light Beer Garden outside of Mandalay Bay and Luxor.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants inside the two properties for fans who want to be close to the stadium but would rather be indoors.
After pregame festivities, there’s a Stadium Walk over the Hacienda bridge to Allegiant Stadium before every Raiders home game. This isn’t the traditional pregame experience but Las Vegas has a way of always turning lemons into lemonade.
Eat like a Vegas local
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, most people who visit Las Vegas stay on the Vegas Strip. About half will never leave the area to explore all that Las Vegas has to offer.
Little do the Strip dwellers know that there are great restaurants all around town. Some of those local favorites are available at Allegiant Stadium:
- BBQ Mexicana: Mexican food from the brains behind Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.
- Evel Pie: One of the best pizza slices in Las Vegas.
- Fukuburger: Asian influenced burgers, chicken and fries.
- Guy Fieri Bar and Grill: The Mayor of Flavortown went to college in Las Vegas.
- Holsteins: Burgers and fries.
- Pizza Rock: Italian food with a specialty in pizza (obviously).
- Rollin Smoke BBQ: Smoked BBQ meats from Arkansas.
Let these quick-serve stands serve as a sampler for each restaurant. Every eatery above at Allegiant Stadium has at least one full-service restaurant version of its restaurant in Las Vegas for anyone that wants to explore more of the menus.
Allegiant Stadium is cashless
Allegiant Stadium is the first American pro sports venue that is cashless. Guests should have a way to pay for food, drink and merchandise without paying with dollar bills.
The venue accepts credit cards and mobile wallets including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
There’s a solution should a guest not be able to use one of the above methods of payment. Guests can use a Cash to Card kiosk to turn cash into a debit card. Kiosks are located throughout the stadium.
Read up on payment methods here.
Unique and fascinating fun facts about Allegiant Stadium
It took a lot of time and money to build Allegiant Stadium. Everyone staying at a hotel when visiting is helping contribute to the funds that are paying for the beautiful stadium.
- Planned construction cost: $1.8 billion
- Actual construction cost: $2.03 billion
- Acres used for stadium, parking, etc.: 62 acres
- Stadium footprint: 1.75 million square feet
- Stadium nickname: Death Star
- Household cleaning items resembled: 1 (Roomba)
- Length of white light ribbon around the exterior: 7,865 feet
- Structural steel used: 28,000 tons (more than the Statue of Liberty)
- Type of roof: Dome
- Dome style: Semi-translucent (lets light in without most of the heat)
- Type of playing field for Raiders: Natural grass
- Type of playing field for other football games: FieldTurf
- Sliding field tray weight: 19 million pounds
- Depth of field trays: 4 feet
- Motors powering the tray: 72
- Number of escalators: 44
- Height of Al Davis Memorial Torch: 92 feet tall
- Number of YESCO signs at Allegiant Stadium: 4,000
- Size of lanai opening behind the north end zone: 80’ x 200’
- The time it takes to open lanai windows: 10 minutes
- Cost of a personalized 8″ x 8″ brick outside of Allegiant Stadium: $1,000
- Cost of a personalized 4″ x 8″ brick outside of Allegiant Stadium: $500
- Number of Wi-Fi access points: 1,800
- Total video board length: 75,000 square feet
- Size of south video board: 254’ x 49’
- Size of two north video boards: 122’ x 49’
- Number of individual TV’s: 2,200
- Size of exterior video screen: 345’ x 80’
- Football game capacity: 65,000
- Max capacity: 72,000
- Club seats: 8,000
- Suites: 127
- Wynn Club capacity: 719
- Parking adjacent to Allegiant Stadium: 6,500
- Parking spaces within 1 mile of Allegiant Stadium: 35,000
- Number of casinos within a one-mile walk: 4 (Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana)
- Closest hotel room to Allegiant Stadium: Delano-branded tower at Mandalay Bay
- Trees on site: 425
- Number of restrooms: 297
- Number of toilets: 1,430
- Amount of times all toilets were flushed around the same time: 1
- Bathroom items resembled if Raiders add a hotel: 1 (toilet)
COVID-19 policies and restrictions at Allegiant Stadium
COVID-19 policies in Las Vegas are constantly changing so make sure to check the Allegiant Stadium FAQ with current information for Allegiant Stadium prior to an event. There are currently two different COVID-19 policies depending on the events you’re attending at Allegiant Stadium.
Raiders games: Vaccinated guests only. Everyone must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Vaccinated fans will not be required to wear a face mask while inside the Stadium. Fans can get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the pop-up tents outside the stadium if needed, but these guests will have to wear a mask until after they receive full vaccination. Children under 12 do not have to be vaccinated but must wear a mask. Allegiant Stadium uses CLEAR Health Pass to move the lines to enter quickly.
Non-Raiders events: Open to all, but everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – must wear a mask while inside the stadium.